Disney World // Fall Break planning

We just let the girls know about our trip to Disney World over fall break this year! We are all SO excited! The first time we visited was 2008 and the girls were only 3, 5 & 6. Their ages for this trip will be 10, 12 & 13 – so BIG difference. We are excited to see how they like it and everything *should* be easier this time around – no stroller, no diapers, hopefully no whining…. we’ll see on that last one.

My husband is a super planner for vacations, so he has been on the ball with making plans for the past several months already. We just couldn’t wait any longer to tell the girls – we think the planning and anticipation will be even better this way.

We are working with a travel agent this time around and so happy she’ll be making the calls first thing in the morning to get our dinner reservations booked for us. 🙂  Another tool we have been utilizing is http://wdwprepschool.com/ – Dave has been listening to a lot of the podcasts and it’s how we found the travel agent we are working with.

We have our resort booked and we’ll be driving down this time instead of flying. I’ll be posting more on how plans are coming along as we get closer!!

Can’t wait!

Here are some photos from our trip in 2008!

disney_2This is one I want to recreate this trip!

disney_1Pretty Princess dresses that their Grandparent’s bought for them. Grace and Kaylee loved Minnie Mouses’ house.

disney_4Not quite sure why Grace is cranky. lol Eva loved seeing Nemo!

disney_3Eva enjoying the Dumbo ride. And waiting in line with Papa for another ride.

disney_5Eva was wiped out after our first day. Dave video taping some fun moments.

Life Lately // 4.27.2015

Wow, so much going on these days! We came back from our visit with family in Texas recently and then the very next week I headed to Chicago for a tradeshow with co-workers for three days. Both were fun, but I’m happy to be home for a bit now!

We are starting to enjoy some nicer weather and with everything blooming I’m confident we are in the clear for super cold weather and snow. At least until next winter. We love exploring new local areas and finding fun new restaurants when the weather is nice.

The girls have about 6 weeks left in the school year and with that we begin to start planning our very short summer. Our school district is on a balanced calendar, so that means school ends June 4th and starts back up August 4th. Whew. It flies by fast!

Looking forward to Erin visiting over Mother’s Day weekend and heading to Michigan for a weekend with Mom and the rest of the family too!!

Reading Lately: Just starting the book How Remarkable Women Lead at the recommendation of a friend and co-worker. Also starting the same book as Mandy; Scary Close by Donald Miller.

Working on Lately: Menu planning and dinners! After our crazy schedule lately getting dinner on the table has been pretty pathetic. Working on getting menus planned, items purchased and actually getting good healthy dinners on the table.

 Enjoying Lately: Fruit smoothies! I always like the idea of making smoothies – great way to pack in a ton of nutrients in a quick drink. My favorite right now is banana, spinach, yogurt (usually greek), a little milk and orange juice, and then whatever frozen fruit we have on hand – usually a mix of peaches, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Hoping to go berry picking this summer and freeze a bunch. I also toss in a tablespoon or so of hemp and flax seeds.

lately_3_42715Fun finds – Peppy Grill in Indianapolis and I thought this Transformers wall was awesome!

lately_5_42715Texas bound! Grace was a little nervous about the flight, but settled in once we took off. It was hilarious to watch her though. Spent a lot of time in the pool. Dyed eggs on Easter Sunday!

lately_6_42715Selfie by Kaylee. Eva helped marinate salmon for Easter Sunday dinner

lately_7_42715South Padre Island – beautiful day – girls loved finding shells and playing in the waves

lately_2_42715Celebrated Eva’s 10th birthday Dr Who style with a couple of her friends when we got back from Texas. Grace was a HUGE help and decorated the whole house.

lately_1_42715Went to the Children’s Museum on Eva’s birthday and discovered a fun restaurant called Tom + Chee – all grilled cheeses and tomato soup – really good!

lately_4_42715Amazing food and drinks at RM Champagne Salon in Chicago during the HIMSS trade show with co-workers!

lately_8_42715Lovely foggy morning the other day!

Inspire.

Last week I mentioned some kid drama that distracted us from our closet cleaning. Our oldest is 13 and we’re going through a rough patch with her. Emotions can be high, and sometimes we just don’t “get” her and where her mindset is coming from. It’s emotionally draining and a bit frustrating. Seeing your child unhappy and struggling is like a knife to the heart. She and I have different personalities. And while I don’t want her to be a mini-me – she is her own person – our differences cause us to butt heads sometimes. She loves to post random quotes and sayings on her Instagram feed, sometimes they are negative and sometimes they are positive. Here are some quotes I recently stumbled upon, both from people/companies I follow on Instagram and some from Pinterest. I thought I would share, both to encourage myself and anyone else out there in need of some light on a dark day…

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